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When I opposed Aadhaar in 2010 , I was called a BJP stooge. In 2016 I am still opposing Aadhaar for the same reasons and I am told I am a Congress die hard. No one wants to see why I oppose Aadhaar as it is too difficult. Plus Aadhaar is FREE so why not get one ? Ram Krishnaswamy

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. -Mahatma Gandhi

In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place. Mahatma Gandhi

“The invasion of privacy is of no consequence because privacy is not a fundamental right and has no meaning under Article 21. The right to privacy is not a guaranteed under the constitution, because privacy is not a fundamental right.” Article 21 of the Indian constitution refers to the right to life and liberty -Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi

“There is merit in the complaints. You are unwittingly allowing snooping, harassment and commercial exploitation. The information about an individual obtained by the UIDAI while issuing an Aadhaar card shall not be used for any other purpose, save as above, except as may be directed by a court for the purpose of criminal investigation.” -A three judge bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar said in an interim order.

Legal scholar Usha Ramanathan describes UID as an inverse of sunshine laws like the Right to Information. While the RTI makes the state transparent to the citizen, the UID does the inverse: it makes the citizen transparent to the state, she says.

Good idea gone bad
I have written earlier that UID/Aadhaar was a poorly designed, unreliable and expensive solution to the really good idea of providing national identification for over a billion Indians. My petition contends that UID in its current form violates the right to privacy of a citizen, guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. This is because sensitive biometric and demographic information of citizens are with enrolment agencies, registrars and sub-registrars who have no legal liability for any misuse of this data. This petition has opened up the larger discussion on privacy rights for Indians. The current Article 21 interpretation by the Supreme Court was done decades ago, before the advent of internet and today’s technology and all the new privacy challenges that have arisen as a consequence.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP Rajya Sabha

“What is Aadhaar? There is enormous confusion. That Aadhaar will identify people who are entitled for subsidy. No. Aadhaar doesn’t determine who is eligible and who isn’t,” Jairam Ramesh

But Aadhaar has been mythologised during the previous government by its creators into some technology super force that will transform governance in a miraculous manner. I even read an article recently that compared Aadhaar to some revolution and quoted a 1930s historian, Will Durant. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Rajya Sabha MP

“I know you will say that it is not mandatory. But, it is compulsorily mandatorily voluntary,” Jairam Ramesh, Rajya Saba April 2017


Special

Here is what the Parliament Standing Committee on Finance, which examined the draft N I A Bill said.

1. There is no feasibility study of the project]

2. The project was approved in haste

3. The system has far-reaching consequences for national security

4. The project is directionless with no clarity of purpose

5. It is built on unreliable and untested technology

6. The exercise becomes futile in case the project does not continue beyond the present number of 200 million enrolments

7. There is lack of coordination and difference of views between various departments and ministries of government on the project

Quotes

What was said before the elections:

NPR & UID aiding Aliens – Narendra Modi

"I don't agree to Nandan Nilekeni and his madcap (UID) scheme which he is trying to promote," Senior BJP Leader Yashwant Sinha, Sept 2012

"All we have to show for the hundreds of thousands of crore spent on Aadhar is a Congress ticket for Nilekani" Yashwant Sinha.(27/02/2014)

TV Mohandas Pai, former chief financial officer and head of human resources, tweeted: "selling his soul for power; made his money in the company wedded to meritocracy." Money Life Article

Nilekani’s reporting structure is unprecedented in history; he reports directly to the Prime Minister, thus bypassing all checks and balances in government - Home Minister Chidambaram

To refer to Aadhaar as an anti corruption tool despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary is mystifying. That it is now officially a Rs.50,000 Crores solution searching for an explanation is also without any doubt. -- Statement by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP & Member, Standing Committee on Finance

Finance minister P Chidambaram’s statement, in an exit interview to this newspaper, that Aadhaar needs to be re-thought completely is probably the last nail in its coffin. :-) Financial Express

The Rural Development Ministry headed by Jairam Ramesh created a road Block and refused to make Aadhaar mandatory for making wage payment to people enrolled under the world’s largest social security scheme NRGA unless all residents are covered.


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Monday, March 13, 2017

10896 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 11th March 2017



Times of India
MADURAI: The Madurai collector's announcement on Tuesday that March 10 would be the last date for registering Aadhaar number with ration shops ...






The New Indian Express
JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir government has said that Aadhaar number will not be made mandatory for getting rations in the state till June.






The Hindu
Taking her new mobile number and a piece of document providing proof of her new address, V. Rajalakshmi, a senior citizen and resident of ...






Economic Times (blog)
Innocent kids know nothing about costs, prices and subsidies, which is what Aadhaar was supposed to be about. What does a 10-year-old know about ...






Kasmir Monitor
Jammu, Mar 09: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali on Thursday said that Aadhaar Card is not mandatory ...






Business Standard
The Aadhaar number has been linked to 52.95 crore savings accounts in the public sector banks, regional rural banks and private sector banks, ...



The Tribune
To make a payment, the consumer has to select the bank's name and enter the Aadhaar number. The fingerprint is the password to authenticate the ...



Livemint
E-wallet providers such as Alibaba-backed Paytm, the largest with more than 200 million clients, are adding services to stay a step ahead. Photo: Mint.



EnergyInfraPost
The Oil Marketing Companies have been ensuringthat no eligible beneficiary is deprived of connection under PMUY for want of Aadhaar number and/ ...






Deccan Herald
The government's decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for children to avail midday meals in schools and nutrition under the Integrated Child ...






Kasmir Monitor
Srinagar, Mar 09: The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) is yet to pay more than 650 Aadhaar enumerators, who allege that the delay in payments ...






Tehelka
The ministry has issued a notification making Aadhaar mandatory for pensioners to receive pension. The pensioners number approximately 25 lakh.






The Echo of India
In a recent media news that Aadhaar card is made mandatory to register a patient to the G B Pant Hospital is not correct. Patients are requested to add ...






Millennium Post
Clearing its stand over mandatory use of Aadhaar card for availing the benefits of centrally funded schemes, Central government on Thursday ...



Equity Bulls
Through AUA license, it is now possible to validate the identity of a person electronically by using their Aadhaar number and given details.







Zee News
"Income Tax department is considering issuing of Permanent Account Number (PAN) on a real time basis using Aadhaar's e-KYC facility. The proposal ...
Real-time issuance of PAN soon - Odisha Sun Times



Livemint
BJP's Arvind Gupta says JAM (Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and mobile) helped the government save $7.5 billion in slippages over the past two years.






Deccan Chronicle
"In India, 1.08 billion mobile phones, 60 million smartphones are a data, 112 billion Aadhaar is a data but on the other side, it is an equally important ...






Times of India
The Aadhaar seeding process is complete on 1,06,085 beneficiaries' accounts with a progress rate of 88.27%. While the department is yet to collect ...






Press Trust of India
Responding to members' concerns, Paswan also said that though the government wanted increased usage of Aadhaar, if a person does not have the ...






The Tribune
The Vidhan Sabha today passed 12 Bills, including the Haryana Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) ...



The Quint
Getting yourself that all-important Aadhaar card should be a top priority. I remember standing in an unending line for mine. If only I had Mani's guide ...






Financial Express
We allow users to create profile only if they submit Aadhaar card details with us or provide us any other identity document like passport, driving license ...






NDTV
The universities are required to provide details such as the name of the supervisor, Aadhaar number of the student, mode of PhD, research topic, ...






The Hindu
Teachers and Anganwadi workers in Rajasthan have spoken out against the Centre's recent decision to link the midday meal scheme to Aadhaar, ...